As part of my ongoing Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media series, I am sharing a background technique today featuring a nail scrub brush. I tested it out first with paint and am sharing that here today. The finished result is somewhat similar to the toothbrush background. It is a bit different though so I thought I would share it.
When I decided to start this series, I visited the beauty section at Target looking for possible tools. When I spotted the nail brush, I was pretty sure it would be a great texture tool for paint and possible even texture pastes. Like the other Background Basics tutorials, I am showing the technique on a Ranger Ink manila tag, but you could use the technique on journal pages, canvases, and card fronts.
Begin by putting a small puddle of any color of Distress Paint on your craft sheet. Dip the bristles of the brush into the paint.
Drag the bristles of the brush onto the tag moving from top to bottom. I applied the paint in straight lines but you would work in waves, zig zags, or random patterns.
Like the toothbrush, there is heavy coverage of paint at the beginning where there is lots of paint on the brush. It begins to skip and cut out as it runs out of paint. For a solid coverage, dip the brush in paint again and brush over the first coat. The more coats you apply the more solid the paint coverage will be. It will dry with a line pattern in the paint.
To clean the brush, simply rinse with water in the sink and dry with a dry cloth. Dry with a dry towel if you want to use it again before it air dries.
Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Because paint acts as a resist to ink, you will need to sand the edges of the tag with a sanding grip before inking.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Distress Ink to the edges of the tag. To add color “behind” the paint, blend ink onto the front of the tag also.
Buff over the tag with a dry cloth to remove ink from the top of the paint.
Buffing will wipe the ink off of the paint surface and leave the color “behind” the paint.
The finished look with one coat of paint is similar to the toothbrush application, but wider and with less detail.
With only one coat of paint it is kind of insignificant. It is an easy way to add fine lines in paint but is a bit plain. I wouldn’t call this a #fail, but knowing now how it applies paint, I think it would be fun to use less paint for a skippier look or maybe dip it in multiple colors of paint to start so that it is more interesting.
PS. Check out the other posts so far in the Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media series in the Basics 101 gallery.